Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thanksgiving morning, Liam helped Gabriel make some french toast. It was a good start to the day.
I filled the turkey with turkey with chestnut stuffing. It turns out that shelling the chestnuts was a time-consuming ordeal. Even Liam helped Grammie and Gabriel get it done. Gabriel is reading over my shoulder as I type. He says, "How'd you get a picture of me smiling while doing that?"
Monday, November 23, 2009
It's a traditional menu:
- Turkey with Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Pickles, Olives, Chevre, and Crackers
- Chocolate Fudge
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pecan Pie
And I'm doing what I can in advance to make Thursday's meal as easy as possible.
- Started the bread for the stuffing. I'll bake it tomorrow.
- Made cranberry sauce, with and without whole berries.
- Made, and sampled, chocolate fudge.
- Put the turkey in the fridge to thaw.
It was a full morning in the kitchen, especially since I made cranberry thumbprint cookies for us to munch over the next few days, and a loaf of ricotta sandwich bread for breakfasts in the meantime.
Definitely my kind of morning.
Liam had no idea what was going on at first. Why were we just standing around in the dark with everyone else in Fayetteville?
But his reaction when those lights turned on was defintely worth that squirmy wait.
Liam loves every little bit of Special Daddy Time that he can get, especially when Gabe has been out of town like he was last week.
Usually they do things outside, or play legos, or wrestle. Each other's company is simply enough. But Gabe wasn't feeling especially motivated for any of the usuals. I suggested he and Liam color with markers.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I made it with materials I had on hand, stuffing it with that inevitable accumulation of plastic grocery bags despite my diligence to bring my own reusable bags.
It has a zipper to allow future bag-stuffing and it features a fleece-lined blanket attached on top. Janelle, I think Flash would appreciate one of these :-)
washable upholstery-weight fabric
- 31"x24" (cut 2)
- 24"x3.5" (cut 2)
- 24"x6" (cut 2)
fleece fabric (I used an old blanket)
lining fabric (I used a cotton quilting Christmas print I had no other plans for)
- 31"x24" (cut 2)
- a zipper (mine was 18"...the length isn't hugely important)
- sewing machine
1. Pin together lining fabric and one rectangle of fleece fabric. Be sure right side of fleece is facing out. The lining doesn't matter; it won't show. Baste together with 1/4" seam allowance. This is the bottom of the blanket portion.
12. Turn pillow right-side out through open zipper. Top blanket should be connected on two adjacent sides.
But she still prefers the couch.
- In the last week, I've only taken 2 showers. I know, kind of gross. I'm glad for the cold weather and the excuse to wear hats.
- Being a stay-at-home mom is totally fulfilling to me. I don't feel stifled or the need to go out and do a "real" job, this one is more than enough. Somedays it is the happiest part of my life.
- Somedays, the happiest part of my life is going to bed at night.
- My favorite part about being pregnant is food. Tonight's dinner: the flying burrito. Mmmm.
- I have a specific order in which my groceries must be unloaded from the shopping cart and onto the conveyor belt. Gabe knows not to mess with the system. It's very important to me.
- I started this year's Christmas crafting in June.
- I have been resisting the urge to play Christmas music until the proper time (the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve). Okay, I already cheated once and sang along with James Taylor's holiday album one afternoon last week. But since then, I've overcome temptation.
- Attending Grace Episcopal Church since June has been a much needed breath of fresh air.
- Friday night is Grey's Anatomy night. My mom comes over, we push the couch in front of the computer, and we all (including Gabriel: he's also a big fan) are transported to Seattle Grace Hospital. Yes, it's my favorite night of the week.
- This one is hardest to admit: I really love the Twilight Saga. It's so bad that several Sundays ago, during the appointed reading
My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall gazing through the window, peering through the lattice. - Song of Solomon 2:9I immediately thought of Edward's love for Bella, and it gave me a clearer picture of God's love for me. Yes, it's that bad.
So, there it is. 10 randomly honest things that popped into my head tonight. I think I'm supposed to nominate seven people to do the same. Here's my pick:
Liam has been really interested in arts and crafts lately, much of that having to do with his new craft table I found in a dumpster.
Yes, in a dumpster.
I painted the top with chalkboard paint, and we keep sidewalk chalk (perfect for toddler hands and slightly less breakable) in the cupboard on top.
Liam loves having a table just his size.
Sage spent the day with us last Thursday. He and Liam painted hand-turkeys together. It was a big mess and big fun. Thank you, washable acrylics...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
She is made from unbleached organic cotton knit fabric and stuffed with organic cotton fibers.
This was my first attempt at button joints for the arms and legs, making them fully poseable but still sturdy. She's weighted with a bag of wheat berries in the body, so she sits well.
And of course, she has a belly button.
Some hair, facial features, a diaper, shoes, and a sweet dress work wonders.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
For the special Halloween story time at the library, Liam went in his ninja costume. I taught him to say "hi-yah," which he continues to repeat at random moments.
I forgot to bring my camera, but just imagine the world's cutest little ninja. That's the picture.
Time for the bat costume.
I took Liam downtown in the wagon for Siloam's annual downtown trick or treat. The street was blocked off from traffic, but it was congested with LOTS of people instead. Liam came home with lots of candy, although along the way he ate
- a tootsie pop
- a now n' later
- a dum dum
- 2 tootsie rolls
- a twizzler's pull and peel
Let's just say he was a very happy bat.